Golf

HHIAGA season begins Saturday at Oyster Reef

mmccombs@islandpacket.comMarch 22, 2014 

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Lee Westwood, of England, watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Pittsford, N.Y. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

CHARLIE NEIBERGALL — File -- The Associated Press

Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association director Bob Collar is pleased with the field for this year's Senior Championship & Opening Tournament.

There has been an increase in the number of total participants in the Senior division and the Open division from 39 to 43. But it's not just the size Collar's happy about.

"It's a good field, too," Collar said. "Ninety percent of (the players' handicaps) are from 2 or 3 to 6. I'm expecting another shootout, a good tournament."

The tournament will determine the HHIAGA Senior Champion in both gross and net divisions, as well as the Open field champion.

Honors Cup points will be awarded to all players in the Open division. Last year's champions J.D. Hoft (Open) and J.R. Evans (Senior) are back this year to defend their titles.

"There should be four or five guys coming down the stretch with a chance to win," Collar said. "If you like to watch golf, this is the place to be."

HHIAGA Senior Championship & Opening Tournament

Saturday and Sunday, Oyster Reef Golf Club

Admission: Free and open to the public

Saturday's Tee Times

11 a.m.: Bubba Jacoby, Marcus Byler, Matt O'Guinn

11:08 a.m.: P.J. Tanner, Tony Brown, Jamie Manning

11:16 a.m.: Gerry Pascale, Jon Piccione, Alex Magowitz

11:24: Randy Sparks, Jeff Wong, Benji Gecy

11:32 a.m.: Jordan Carpenter, Charlie Hall, Colin Hawkins

11:40 a.m.: J.D. Hoft, Trey Testino, Tyler Murphy

11:48 a.m.: Joe Bryant, Chris Cuneo

11:56 a.m.: Ed Atkins, Joe Roller, Sandy Knapp

12:04 p.m.: Gibby Young, Gary Perkins, Brian Quigley

12:12 p.m.: Brian Rizzo, Bob Desautels, Chris Morris

12:20 p.m.: Stew Butler, Greg Wojcik, Orrie Varn

12:28 p.m.: Rick Thrasher, Jim Manning, Al Cardinale

12:36 p.m.: Michael Clementi, Brian Baird, Dave Tracy, J.R. Evans

12:44 p.m.: Jim Criswell, Piere Panet-Raymond, Brian Gecy, Luke Tracy

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